A new series -- little collections of lines I love from women I love. I keep these sorts of lines scattered in notebooks, on sticky notes, all about. No form of language moves me more than the fragmentary lines of sensitive women. To me, that impressionism, that sensory way, is womanhood itself.
First, the unparalleled Jane Birkin.
"My mother was right: When you've got nothing left, all you can do is get into silk underwear and start reading Proust."
"I'd rather live on my own than live with a face that looks at me with the wrong eyes."
"If I were mayor, I'd invite everyone to have free boat trips on the river and free balloon rides over the city. I'd let the elderly in residential homes wander free."
"I'm one for rushing off to museums at the crack of dawn, eating fabulous things on terraces for lunch, and enjoying long dinners on balmy evenings."
"He painted me when I was young because he was in love with me, but now that he has loved me he doesn't paint me anymore."
"Any film I see at two o'clock in afternoon with my mother seems to cast a strange spell that means we both come out sobbing."
"I know what it's like to have someone coming home who looks at you not in the way they used to in the old days, and I've seen my own face contorted with sadness and rage in the mirror."
"When you start recognising that you're having fun, life can be delightful."
"I feel most comfortable in an old pair of jeans, Converse, and a man's jersey. My best friend cuts my hair with kitchen scissors."
"One of the things I've discovered, thanks to the Japanese, is that you should enjoy yourself. In the old days, I used to think: 'Oh, never be satisfied, never admit to being happy.' But there's no curse in being happy."
"A Birkin bag is a very good rain hat; just put everything else in a plastic bag."